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Tune into: a cloud mindset One of the tenets of the cloud religion is that it should be possible – through the use of intelligent software – to build reliable systems on top of unreliable hardware. Just like you can build reliable and affordable storage systems using RAID (...
DevOps has traditionally played important roles in development and IT operations, but the practice is quickly becoming core to other business functions such as customer success, business intelligence, and marketing analytics. Modern marketers today are driven by data and rely on many ...
A few weeks back, I wrote a post about getting ready to address a coworker's bad code. This sparked some conversation across various media, including the following interesting question: ...seems that there is a breakdown in managing the development process. Why is Bob allowed [to kee...
Listen closely to the background hum of any agile shop, and you'll likely hear this ongoing chant: Automate! Automate! Automate! While automation can be incredibly valuable to the agile process, there are some key things to keep in mind when it comes to automated performance testing. ...
Developers are – despite their attention to what is considered a very logic-based field of study – a very creative group. Give them a hurdle to overcome and they will. The problem, of course, is not that they’ve solved a problem, it’s that in doing so they’ve likely created a source of...
One of the most prominent current trends among enterprise companies is the nearly insatiable demand for enterprise mobile applications. By some reports, 85% of companies have a mobile backlog of between one and 20 applications, with a majority (50%) having a backlog of between 10 and 2...
Internationalizing software has been overlooked by companies in years past. Many available software applications lacked the ability to work with different languages or locale variations such as calendars, currency and numbering conventions. Although North America is a rich market and m...
August 10, 2015, saw the dawn of a new era at Google. It announced a huge restructuring of the company. An umbrella holding-company called Alphabet was created to manage a portfolio of separate companies each with its own CEO. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin elevated themselves to ...
It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of Cloud Brokerage. These service providers make it easy for organizations to build and manage a customized solution made up of a wide catalogue of cloud services, and take out the headaches of dealing with multiple vendors. The downside for clo...
We also believe that great outcomes are achieved not just by talking but by listening. Zeetings creates this genuine connection between presenters and audiences, changing the paradigm from a one-way monologue to a two-way conversation. Unlike a traditional presentation, a “zeeting” is ...
USB GPS dongles have come down significantly in price in recent years and I picked one up to play with recently. Apart from using a GPS module to report your latitude, longitude, altitude and time for mapping applications, it’s also possible to feed the time information to ntpd as a...
Cloud has matured. Basic, but profoundly important for understanding where knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, and actions regarding data security and storage were just a few years ago in comparison to today. No longer an ambitious and innovative step, securing sensitive and invaluable...
Every time a new technology shows up in the technology stack, its advocates are quick to dismiss the "old" ways of doing IT. They believe that the "new" shiny toy has a better solution for everything. Don't believe me? Let's look at some technologies: When SAP released SAP R/2 and SAP...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software, global leader and provider of the most advanced technology for building rich internet applications, has been named “e-Bulletin Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 Silicon Valley, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at ...
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product ...
As a class of business, IT providers may be hip to risk as a matter of course, but they aren’t exempt from the rules of the game and, given their special position in the information security ecosystem, attacks directed their way can be enormously consequential. Hacking doesn't happe...
Performance testing is one of the most important things you can do when building a web or mobile app, and it’s only becoming more vital as the expectations of users are going up. People demand access to anything, anywhere, anytime, and they’ll switch to a competitive solution if the ap...
Most home security systems have a panic button - if you hear something go bump in the night you can push a panic button to starts the sirens wailing, call the cops and hopefully sends the bad guys scurrying. As useful as this is for home owners, enterprises need a security panic button...
Early last year Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of PowerBI for Office 365. Office is the most used office program and PowerBI brings in great value by providing a self-service means to discover, analyze and visualize data leading to deep insights. Using PowerBI for...
If you’ve been in the software world for a while now, you know the idea of introducing a lite application isn’t exactly new or uncommon. However, it’s often done for different reasons. A free version can be used as a giveaway to attract new users while an easy-to-use version is perfect...
Microsoft has announced the long-awaited launch of Windows 10, scheduled to be the iconic platform’s last numbered version. By all estimations, Windows 10 will give modern IT users everything they want, wherever and whenever they need it. The one operating system, on the surface at lea...
The majority of an organization’s revenues are dependent on suppliers, distributors and other third parties. But as Benjamin M. Lawsky, New York State’s Superintendent of Financial Services, points out: “Unfortunately, those third-party firms can provide a back-door entrance to hackers...
A BigData consultant is helping large ecommerce organizations better manage their big data and provide the insights that they need to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Our Big Data user interview highlights how a consultant is helping large ecommerce organizations better manage the...
How should you really be looking at managed IT services as an MSP? In the sea of service providers today, many businesses struggle with making the MSP model work for them. If you want to ensure that your MSP business can withstand the tide, you have to adapt to the constant ebb and flo...
Alibaba, the world’s largest ecommerce provider, has pumped over a $1 billion into its subsidiary, Aliya, a cloud services provider. This is perhaps one of the biggest moments in the global Cloud Wars that signals the entry of China into the main arena. Here is why this matters. The c...
The iPad sales are down, but it is now possible to run most business apps on the iPad with the Citrix X1 Mouse. Can this make the iPad more relevant for business? Despite the mostly positive financial news from Apple, the one weakness that gets a lot of press is the decrease in iPad s...
Today we’re happy to officially introduce AppMaps. What’s AppMap? As you can see below, AppMap is a map-like visual representation of your complete application architecture. AppMaps show which components are communicating with which components, at what throughput and latency, at what n...
WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, will provide an o...
Do the ‘darker’ channels and means that exist for searching the web in anonymity ultimately spell doom for the wider march towards open data? So-called ‘open data’ is supposed to be an instrument for breaking down information gaps across industries and letting companies share benchmar...
When you’re building a monitoring solution or evaluate existing ones, what do you look for? Probably these four core aspects of functionality: Collection and display of metrics Alerting based on metric values and anomalies Collection and display of server and application logs and ...
Notwithstanding my exhortations against digital marketing creepiness, B2C digital marketers love to circumlocute around the notion of the purchase. “It’s all about the customer journey!” they exhort. Focusing on the purchase transaction, it seems, is too mercenary for today’s enlighten...
Farmers once sold their harvest bounty directly to their customers from beneath the branches of their fruit trees. Customers had a direct face-to-face relationship with the farmer and could express their preferences and demonstrate their buying patterns to the farmer. Over time farme...
With worldwide spending on cloud services and infrastructure growing by 23% in 2015 to $118B, it is clear that cloud services are here to stay. Yet, the rate of cloud adoption varies by companies and markets around the world. With thousands of outages and hijacks across the Internet ev...
User expectations and rethinking of business productivity are having a profound impact on how business applications are used, designed, and leveraged to help buyers, sellers, and employees do their jobs better.
Knowledge management, in business terms, refers to saving, developing, sharing, and effectively using knowledge for the benefit of organization. It refers to a multi-disciplined approach of achieving organizational objectives by making the best use of knowledge. Scientia potentia est ...
A website visit may involve a wide range of components many of which are off-site or not easily monitored. So what do you have in your toolbox to help address this? Load testing, real-user monitoring and site instrumentation all help you prepare for and monitor your website visitors’ e...
Conservation International (CI) in Arlington, Virginia uses new technology to pursue more data about what's going on in tropical forests and other ecosystems around the world. As a non-profit, they have a goal of a sustainable planet, but we're going to learn how they've learned to m...
Technology changes at the speed of light. To say it can be hard to keep up is an understatement. For performance engineers, taking charge of your own continuing education is one of the most important things you can do to remain at the top of your game.
Windows Server 2003 End of Support is here and there is little most enterprises can do at this point to change the fact that they are now dependent on an unsupported operating system. Here we are at Microsoft's World Wide Partner Conference again, muttering "I'm late, I'm late," just l...